Expected high temps gives way TO REQUEST for energy savings
With temperatures expected to hover around 100 degrees again today across the state, CPS Energy is proactively asking their customers to implement some low-cost energy saving measures throughout the hottest part of the day, between 3 - 7 p.m. Typically, CPS Energy sees a spike in electric use during this time of day when area temperatures reach their highest and most people are returning home from work. Although electric demand is expected to be well below CPS Energy capacity, customers can help minimize the impact on the Texas grid by following a few simple tips.
To save energy at home, customers should:
• Set thermostats 2 to 3 degrees higher, from 3-7 p.m.; set programmable thermostats to higher temperatures when no one is home. The optimum energy saving temperature is 78 degrees.
• Use fans to feel 4 to 6 degrees cooler.
• Minimize use of pool pumps between 4-6 p.m.
• Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.
• Avoid using large appliances (i.e. ovens, washing machines, etc.), during peak demand hours.
To also increase energy effectiveness at work, business customers should:
• Minimize the use of electricity lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.
• Consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.
The utility’s goal is to keep energy consumption low during peak times and help customers keep their bill manageable.